Requirements for Professional Writing Concentration
Directors of Professional Writing:
1. Three “core” professional writing courses.
·ENGL 306: Advanced Nonfiction Writing: may be taken 2 times, each time with a different instructor
·ENGL 307: Writing for the Print and Online Media
·ENGL 308: Professional Editing
2. Two writing electives from the 300 or 400 level. Other writing-intensive courses at the 300 or 400 level may qualify as electives, at the discretion of the Director of Professional Writing.
·ENGL 301: Advanced Poetry Workshop (may be taken 3 times for credit)
·ENGL 302: Advanced Fiction Workshop (may be taken 3 times for credit)
·ENGL 306: Advanced Nonfiction Writing (taken a second time)
·ENGL 440: History of the English Language
·ENGL 443: Language and Literature
·ENGL 496: Creative Writing Honors I (open only to seniors admitted to Honors
in Creative Writing; counts as an advanced workshop)
·ENGL 497: Creative Writing Honors II (open only to students who complete E496)
·COMSTU 480: Communication Seminar
·COMSTU 365: News Media and Political Power
3. One Professional Writing Internship and accompanying seminar.
·ENGL 475: English Internship (3 or 6 credit internships available)
4. Advising from the Director of Professional Writing.
Students must plan their course of study and internship in consultation with the Director of Professional Writing. Non-English Majors pursuing a Minor in Professional Writing will need assistance with negotiating English course prerequisites and planning an appropriate sequence of upper-level English courses.
Grade Requirements for the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor:
·Grade requirement:† Courses must receive a 'minimum' grade of C- (C minus)
·Pass/Fail restriction:† Courses can NOT be taken pass/fail
Residency Requirements for the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor:
·Five courses must be completed “in residence” at UMass Boston.
·One course can be transferred in towards the minor with permission of the
Director of the Undergraduate Major.